Google Algorithm Change Means Lower Ranking For Pop-Up Ad Pages.
In Google’s latest publicly announced algorithm change it has chosen to start punishing web pages on mobile search results with lower rankings if they have pop up adverts on them.
From a user’s point of view, pages with text content on web pages that doesn’t require zooming on a mobile device is a good thing and pop-up adverts (also known as or interstitials) that obscure this content are the stated target of this algorithm change. Google argues that a user’s experience of such pages will be poorer and that pop-ups cause problems on mobile devices where screens are smaller.
However, some IT commentators have also noted that another possible reason for this change could be that there will be one less reason to use ad-blockers or to search within apps instead.
What Kind of Pop-Ups Will be Punished?
Google’s blog states that from 10th January 2017 the algorithm change will start to affect the rankings of web pages where:
Examples of Responsible Use.
To clarify the situation, the Google Blog also gives examples of the kinds of advertising / interstitial techniques that will not be affected by this latest algorithm change.
What Does This Mean For Your Business?
If you advertise online for mobiles, you will need to make sure that your ads and your web pages with adverts on comply with Google’s new algorithm in order to retain rankings. Failing to do so could of course mean lost reduced traffic and revenue.